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Raftman | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unibroue introduced Raftman to the Quebec market in March 1995. This coral-hued beer has a unique taste that combines the smooth character of smoked malt whisky with the flavours of fine yeast.

IBU: 15.5

Added by kbub6f on 03-06-2001

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Photo of Aidan11
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A good drinkable ale. it smells like caramel. Its a nice golden amber without much head. The taste is only a little bitter, but the flavor is mostly spicy. It's texture is thick, and creamy.

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Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown tinged orange color. Completely clear (when you don't pour the yeast from the bottom of the bottle in).
Thin off-white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing and no residual head.

Smell has notes of spice, brown sugar, caramel malts and a sweet whiskey aroma.

Taste follows the nose with that caramel malts, spices, brown sugar, and bourbon notes. This bottle is admittedly pretty old and heavily oxidized. Flavors are nice, but muted and somewhat overtaken by the oxidation. Need to find this fresh and taste it - the whiskey like flavors with the spices make for a really unique but very nice beer.

Feel is very light and goes down smoothly. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a unique beer - definitely need to revisit this with a fresher (not oxidized) bottle.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kier
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ewpass
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with strong head. Fruity Belgian yeast and toasted malt nose. Malty body with some dry smoky notes. Strong, even carbonation.

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Photo of GingerFan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick white head. A medium brown in color, opaque. Malty smell. Strong taste of spices that you would expect from a Unibroue beer. Overall good!

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Photo of kvadiat
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unfiltered amber body along with a dense, egg white head that doesn't go anywhere fast.
Aroma is yeasty, spice and coriander, some farmhouse funk. After a taste, this is reminding me of an orchard.
Sweet caramel malt is front and centre here, full and creamy, with some balancing, crisp fruitiness in the finish which is more dry than expected - of apples and pears. Medium carbonation and body, spot on. It's a smoked ale, but if it is, it's subtle, and I get more a sense of very slight musty-ness if anything.
Really enjoying this as an easy drinking beer, it'd be a great choice at the pub (would pair with just about any pub grub), and for those moments when you come home from work and just feel like a simple beer - nothing special but quality and flavourful all the same.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle served fairly cold into a tulip. Purchased as part of the Summer 2017 mixed pack from Unibroue.

Appearance - A cloudy amber and honey brown colored beer. Topped with a finger and a half of off-white head. Very good retention and a small amount of spidery lacing sits around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Faint smokiness, but plenty of signature yeast aroma. Some fruits (along the lines of cherry and other dark fruits) with a general maltiness. Subtle bits of brown sugar.

Taste - Clean, somewhat grainy, faint bits of smoke and charcoal mixed in but very subtle. Some sweetness towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, relatively fizzy, drying finish.

Overall - Certainly a good beer and an interesting concept, but somehow the sum of the beer is less than the component parts. Good beer but a little bit underwhelming / different than what i was expecting.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty clear beer that looks like apple juice. Off white head is two fingers and hangs for a while before receding and leave a few specks behind on the glass. The aroma is full of banana, clove and sweetness that smacks of apples. There is the faintest hint of smoke. The taste is sweet with a lot of bubbles on the tongue. There are apples, brown sugar, banana, clove and a faint smoke in the taste. This is a really great and unique beer.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that produced decent lace and retained quite well. The body is an orange weighted amber with ample carbonation in the body.

Smell: Warming certainly helps this one come out of it's shell as it starts with a relatively mild toffee malt with notes of orange citrus but as it warms up other fruits like apple, pear and herbs. I think I'm also catching a slight smoked note, but it's very mild.

Taste: Starts out fruity as apple and orange notes compliment some basic bread malt, as it goes down the existing fruit joins with grape, blueberry and a mild smoky element that finishes off the beer with earth, wood and and almost barbecued meat touch that works a delicate balancing act fairly well.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning on this one is exceptional and the carbonation helps out the entire beer but is just a little bit overdone, the aftertaste is a bit of a letdown though, mainly being just a mild touch of citrus, malt and earth that doesn't build on itself, but it's certainly not what I would call a flaw.

Drinkability: Once again the high carbonation rears its head on this one, leaving it a bit of a gassy experience. Also, this beer also comes across as punching above it's weight as this tastes like a 6.5 to 8% offering. That said, it's refreshing, the high yeast doesn't leave is dry and it's well done.

Final Thoughts: While this beer is great, I can't help but think it answers a question that I didn't really want an answer for. That being, what if someone brewed a light Belgian style abbey ale. I'm not certain that was the intent, but it certainly fits the bill better then treating this as a pale ale, as the hopping is mercifully light. I certainly wouldn't turn it down, and it's getting two thumbs up here.

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Photo of StormAles
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sam106
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bf_89
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Came from a new box of tasting pack with 8 different beers. This beer is OK but not the best from this pack.

I will try to get is back, but cannot find it near my town.

Unibroue is one of my favorite, brewery in Canada. I you ever had the Blanche de Chambly, this one is a must.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brody1714
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LDuke
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdm9465
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JOhn_Molson
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a tulip.
L- Cloudy sunrise orange liquid with a hazelnut tinge, good carbonation, and a glorious white head.
S- Spicy, citrus, and smoky bacon. Also has a decent alcohol smell even though it doesn't have a high abv.
T- Lemon, maple, grass, oats, bread, spice, pears, smoky bbq, woody.
F- Light and bubbly with a faint, spicy hoppiness.
O- Pretty good introduction to a style of beer I didn't know existed.

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Photo of TGS
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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